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Imperial Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allboutbierge on 09-04-2010)
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Reviews by bobhits:
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one dark looking beer. Nearly black liquid pours out of the glass, just light hints of browns. Surprisingly, it isn't motor oil thick on the glass, but a bit more tame in nature. A half inch of thick mocha colored head with some nice lacing finishes things off nicely.

There's a certain aroma I pick up on with aged imperial stouts. it comes from faded hops and molasses starting to shift the balance that direction. As for this beer there's a hint of coffee to start off, followed by some roasted chocolate malts, molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts,

Sweet malt profile not really descriptive, perhaps a bit like sweet lactose. Chocolate and somewhat off fruits come next and give this one a bit more of that aged stout feel (I need a better word for this). Finally, there is an intense bitter black coffee the starts almost the second the beer leaves the tongue and lingers minutes after the last sip. This is easily one of the most bitter stouts I've had.

I really almost did mouth feel before taste. This is very creamy with a lot of body and just enough carbonation to carry it through. My preference would be more body or more carbonation, but I think this hits a great balance overall.

I paid a premium to get this one as a single (don't you hate when a bottle shop marks up singles?) but even at about 3 bucks a bottle it is pretty solid. The bitterness is great. I really would like to see this one with added coffee to enhance the already fairly intense roasted coffee flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 12:08:37 | More by bobhits
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2014 21:44:20 | More by tdm168
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mmmbeerNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-13-2014 04:54:21 | More by mmmbeerNY
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is two fingers high with a tan shade. Retention wise, it's about what I expect from 10%, maybe a bit better. I really like the head's dense, cakey texture, though. A solid ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The nose seems to be heavy on the licorice, which isn't my preferred taste for an imperial stout. While there is a good roasted (almost coffee-esque) characteristic along with some piny hops, I really think the licorice could be toned down a bit. It smells big to be sure, but not really that boozy. Still, I'm left wishing for some stronger specialty notes like chocolate or dark fruit.

T: Oh wow, this one is nicely roasty. The thing is, though, the roast pretty much sneaks up on the palate and doesn't properly appear until right before the swallow. When it does hit, though, it really works its magic like a champ. Some initial notes of licorice, coffee, smoke, and even piny hops appear before the roasty attack. It's redolent of a European-style imperial stout, with its dry, bitter roastiness and lack of sweetness beyond a bit of baker's chocolate here and there. Honestly, I like that it's bitter instead of sweet. Thought about giving it a 4, but it's missing complexity. The more it warms up, the more a whiskey-like booziness appears (though it never becomes harsh).

M: There's good softness on the palate, though it could be a little denser. It's not intolerably thin - just a bit more slender than the norm. Drinkability is quite good for a 10% RIS, that's for sure. Not much carbonation.

O: The nose left me a bit cold, to be frank. Luckily, it tastes much better. It's not an amazing RIS per se, but it's certainly a good one. I have a feeling this one will get lost in the shuffle; still, it's worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 22:11:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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FreshButterbeer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-31-2014 01:31:21 | More by FreshButterbeer
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BeersIsTheName

Tennessee

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Midnight dark with a dark tan head about 2 fingers in height. Head lingers for half the glass.

S- Definitely a stout. Coffee with a charred malty smell. Hints of chocolate.

T- Wow. This is an amazing stout. Burnt with a smoothness that is matchless from all the stouts I have had. Hints of chocolate but with a strong coffee flavor. Outstanding.

M- Carbonation is as to be expected. Smooth and finished crisp.

O- By far the best stout that I have ever had. It has a strong burnt flavor at the beginning but finishes smooth and the burntness is not accompanied by an excessive bitterness. If you have a chance to experience this stout and do not, you have done yourself a severe disservice.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 01:18:44 | More by BeersIsTheName
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verge

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-06-2014 04:17:20 | More by verge
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino Imperial Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark, chocolate-brown appearance, and thin lacing left behind. The aroma is rich- deep, dark-roasted malt, a touch of anise, possible coffee, milk?, and some black cherry. The flavors are the same, with bitterness that is coming from the charred malt, rather than from hops. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Mendocino Imperial Stout finishes dessert like and sipable. Overall, this is the best beer I’ve had from Mendocino so far.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 12:59:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
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sia478

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-29-2014 16:25:25 | More by sia478
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-28-2014 23:16:54 | More by oldvines
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-13-2014 14:23:29 | More by northbayrugger
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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TheBrother

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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Danimal1101

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Imperial Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.